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Category Archives: Cult Horror Corner

35 years on, Blow Out is still one of the greatest thrillers of all time

Showing no sign of aging after 35 years, Brian De Palma’s note perfect thriller Blow Out is still one of the most dynamic and exciting films ever made. Working as the sound technician on a cheap exploitation movie, Jack Terry (John Travolta) happens to be recording the exact moment a major political opponent crashes his …

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Hush is the best horror film of 2016 so far

After breaking into the mainstream with the terrifying Oculus, Mike Flanagan returns to the low budget scares of his debut Absentia with the chilling Netflix film Hush. Co-written by and starring wife Kate Siegel, Hush is a stylishly designed and creepily played psychological horror that might just be the best of its genre since last …

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Goodnight Mommy is too obvious to be an effective mystery

The current contender for 2015’s most disturbing film, Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala’s graphic horror film Goodnight Mommy has a very promising first half. Twin boys Elias and Lukas (Elias and Lukas Schwarz, reasonably good child actors) spend their time running through cornfields, exploring dangerous caves and collecting creepy-crawlies in a jar. When their Mother …

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Is Inside the most extreme horror film ever made?

Opening with a car crash that kills Sarah (Alysson Paradis)’s husband and almost kills her unborn child, Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury’s brutal 2007 home invasion film Inside starts as it means to go on. Part of the New French Extremity movement, which includes the greatly disturbing Martyrs and the truly awful Switchblade Romance, Inside …

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Cult Horror Corner: The Seasoning House

What’s the point? Seriously, what’s the point? Why do I have to spend 100 minutes watching a film in which every character is horrible, every location is grimy, and every scene depicts an unpleasant rape or violent act? Paul Heytt’s directorial debut The Seasoning House is just another in a long line of films that …

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Cult Horror Corner: Dead Man’s Shoes

Perhaps the finest British filmmaker of his generation, Shane Meadows has made a name for himself since his extremely low budget debut TwentyFourSeven by creating a diverse range of cheap and personal films that nearly always feature excellent performances, original music choices and a feeling of sincerity and realism not seen since the best works …

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Cult Horror Corner: Detention

The phrase ‘love/hate’ is used too often in reviews, but no film better defines the meaning than Detention. From the very first scene, in which a self proclaimed ‘bitch’ of a high school girl discusses hipsters and popularity before being brutally axed to death, you will know whether you’re going to find this funny, brash …

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Cult Horror Corner: The Card Player

The fundamental problem with making a film centred around technology is that the film is guaranteed to look incredibly dated as soon as new technology is invented. Never has this been more evident than in Dario Argento’s The Card Player, a thriller that mostly takes place around chat rooms and online poker games. Though it …

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Cult Horror Corner: Re-Animator

Predating comedy horror magnum opus Evil Dead II by two years, Stuart Gordon’s debut feature Re-Animator is a brilliant, underrated classic that is as blackly hilarious as it is astoundingly gory. Adapted from a H.P. Lovecraft short story, Re-Animator tells the rather bizarre tale of Herbert West (the fantastically creepy and unpredictable Jeffrey Combs), a …

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Cult Horror Corner: Hatchet

Directed in 2006 by Adam Green, who went on to direct underrated ski lift horror Frozen, Hatchet is a vaguely postmodern horror about Mardi Gras partying friends Ben (Joel Moore) and Marcus (Deon Richmond), who leave their drunken friends to join a ‘haunted swamp’ themed boat tour. The tour includes a clueless guide (Parry Shen), …

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